Dec 20

It was one year ago tomorrow

This is a screen-shot from a limited-list status update from Dec 21 of last year.

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 3.13.01 PM

I can honestly say that I had NO IDEA I had cancer that day. I did have a moment of ‘what if?’. But it was the holiday season, I went to work and totally put it out of my mind.

The call from the mixed-up receptionist didn’t come until January 7th, the real testing didn’t start until January 11th and I officially found out on January 23rd. But it really all started on Dec 21st. Here is a glimpse of a year, in numbers:

  • 1 mammogram
  • 1 ultrasound
  • 1 biopsie
  • 2 MRIs
  • 1 PET scan
  • 4 CT scans
  • 7 chest x-rays (remember the rib? and the cough?)
  • 3 heart scans
  • 1 port insertion
  • I double-mastectomy
  • 1 night in the hospital (I find that AMAZING!)
  • 1 emergency drain/nurse visit
  • 6 appointments with the surgical oncologist
  • 12 appointments with the medical oncologist
  • 7 appointments with the plastic surgeon
  • 4 appointments with the radio-oncologist
  • 16 chemos
  • 6 Herceptins since chemo ended
  • 29 radiations
  • 24 misc appointments in pre-op, genetics, radiation planning, burn care, etc
  • 2 ER visits (kidney stones! possible tumour that was JUST a bulging disc!)


Now, it wasn’t ALL hospital all the time…. This year also brought me:

Make that 25 sandwiches. I had one on the way out yesterday.


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  1. Amy/grrlTravels

    I was wondering when you anniversary was yesterday. Much love to you!

  2. Angela

    I was just thinking about this earlier this week. I knew it all went down around the holiday season.

    I believe I’ll have a cheese and tomato in your honor today. I’m so glad you’re on the other side of those numbers.

  3. Nance

    S was watching your interview the other night over my shoulder and when you said you lose all of the hair, she looked at my puzzled, pointed to her arms and I said, “ALL hair” and her eyes got wide. She pointed to her crotch in horror and I nodded. She said you needed extra hugs.

    You’re still on my list to visit, but WHEN?????

  4. Meg

    Wishing you a happy healthy new year!

  5. Anna in Turin

    Here’s to a healthy 2014 – no hospitals, no cancer, no transplants, just plain quiet healthy and happy 2014!!! hugs to you and your family V, from your Italian friends, the A family.

  6. Ellie

    2014- You and the girls visit me. I’ll buy a bed for the event. :)

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